Congratulations to Mrs Strijk and her husband on their wedding. It was an amazing day with the couple looking very much in love. I wish them both all the best in the future which I hope will be a wonderful journey through life as husband and wife.
All Souls Day
Last Wednesday students from Pre primary to Year 6 attended a whole school mass for All Souls day. On All Souls day we remember and pray for all those who have gone to heaven. Fr Nicholas gave a wonderful homily about how we are all a gift from God and when we go to heaven we are returning to God. He spoke beautifully to the children about how we can pray for those we know in heaven.
OLGC, Holy Spirit & St John's Collaboration
A few weeks ago teachers from OLGC school and St John's Primary School met at Holy Spirit Primary School. This was the first of many collaborations which will continue next year. This was a wonderful opportunity for teachers to meet and discuss educational issues. Next year we will also be sharing a professional development day together around the topic of Technology integration and the Western Australian Curriculum.
Interschool Team Games
Last Friday our Year 3 and 4 children were involved in interschool team games with other single stream Catholic primary schools. While the children all gave their best, most impressively was the feedback given about their attitude and behaviour. Staff from other schools commented on how well behaved our children were and that they exemplified great sportsmanship.
The Fathering Project
Last week we had a presentation from Darren Harris about how to balance work life with children. Darren was very inspirational sharing stories about his relationship with his father Key points included spending individual quality time with each child, setting clear expectations and making sure that you are not pressuring children into activities but to ensure they enjoy what they do.
Code of Conduct
As part of the System Agreement with the Minister for Education, every school will be required to have a Code of Conduct on child safety in place by 1 January 2017. This Code of Conduct will not only need to be abided by the staff but also the parents, students, volunteers and visitors of the school. Miss Kenworthy and I have attended an information session today and will spend the next few weeks writing the policy. Once it has been finalised parents will be informed and it will be added to the school website.
Getting Along means working well with teachers and classmates, resolving disagreements peacefully, following rules of the classroom and making positive contributions to school, home and the community including protecting the rights of others and looking after the environment. Examples of getting along behaviour are being helpful when working in a group, listening and not interrupting when someone else is speaking, talking rather than fighting when someone acts unfairly, not breaking classroom rules, helping others in need, volunteering for worthy causes and cleaning up the environment.
Each class has prepared a variety of songs, dances, solo items and Christmas Carols to perform at their end of year class concert. Every concert will be in the hall on the following days in the last week of term:
Tuesday 6th December
10.50 Year 3
11.50 Year 6
1.30 Year 5
Wednesday 7th December
10.50 Year 4
11.50 Year 2
1.30 Year 1
Thursday 8th December
10.50 PP Class
CHOIR SINGING AT KARRINYUP
The choir will be singing Christmas Carols three times in the last week of term at Karrinyup this year. They will be singing on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th from 9.15am to 9.35am under the tree in the centre of the building. Please come and support our choir if you are shopping on any of these days.
We are now halfway through term 4 and the canteen is starting to wind down stock levels for the end of year. Although this means some of our favourites might not be available it's a great opportunity to encourage the kids to try something new.
I will also be having pop-up sales running for the next few weeks so keep an eye out around the canteen. This week's sale is a bit fishy with Fish Burgers and Fish, Wedges and Salad only $4 each!
Thanks for your continued support
Thank you to the volunteers who have supported me this year to consistently provide healthy, yummy meals for our children. If you haven't been able to volunteer this year, please consider coming along to help out in 2017. I only ask for a commitment of 3 hours each term and the kids love to see Mum or Dad behind the counter. I will have some volunteer sheets available at the canteen or send me a message on 0402 468 334.
Exciting news! On Friday 18th November, we will be announcing the lucky person who will receive a $20 voucher to place into their school banking account. Each time a student has banked this term they have received a raffle ticket to be in the running and there will be more prizes up for grabs as well. Last day to get your tickets is Wednesday 16th November. Good luck everyone.
Last day to order rewards - WEDNESDAY 23RD NOV, and
Last school banking day for 2016 – WEDNESDAY 30th NOV
There will be no banking during the last week of school in week 9 – WEDNESDAY 7th DEC
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Our students really enjoy participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program and to keep this program running we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to assist during the school banking day, as it is becoming popular so are looking into a roster system (similar to the canteen). Your help with the program will greatly benefit students as they develop vital saving skills and also help our school with fundraising.
If you are interested in volunteering for this great program, please speak with Sharon or Zana or the program may not run in 2017 without volunteers.
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER – End of Year Christmas Extravaganza (further details below)
2017 CLASS REPS
The P&F are now looking for volunteers to take on the role as Class Reps for 2017. This is not a big job at all, usually just some social activities a few times a year to bring the parents together. You can share the role with a friend or even a group of three or four works well. Please read through the attached information and consider putting your hand up for the job and if you are interested could you please let your current class reps know.
END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER - 3.30pm
Get ready for an afternoon of family fun celebrating the end of the school year.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS PERFORMED BY EACH YEAR GROUP
HUGE INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE
BOUNCY CASTLE FOR THE YOUNGER ONES
ICE CREAM VAN AND FOOD STALLS BY TWO QUEENS CATERING
LOTS OF FOOD, DRINKS, MUSIC AND CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT
This will be a whole school family event so please keep the date free to enjoy the afternoon celebrating the end of year with all our OLGC families. Feel free to dress in your Christmas colours. Hope to see you all there.
We Pray or the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Santini, (mother of Margherita Santini) who passed away earlier this week. We thank God for the gift of Elizabeth in our lives. May the angels take her to Paradise and may she rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to Margherita and all Elizabeth's family.
We also pray for Iolanda DiLorito who is recovering from a fractured knee. We hope to see her back soon.
Volunteers will be needed for the Christmas Appeal to help set up and distribute baskets around mid December. Please watch this space for how you can help once the Christmas Appeal is launched. Enquiries welcome, phone Barbara 9446 5324.
New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies Weekend Retreat 11-13 November.
Theme: The Large and Holy Hope of Advent. Come & spend some time in conversation & prayer exploring the significance of this time for our lives & our world. Bookings 9654 8220 $260. Further information firstname.lastname@example.org.
A unique Catholic youth event on Friday 18 November at Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach. Organised in partnership with Catholic Youth Ministry, Ignite Live brings together groups and individuals from all over the Perth archdiocese. The main event is 7-9pm with additional entertainment before and afterwards. To get an idea of what to expect at this free event please visit the web site igniteyouth.com/Perth
St Dominic’s Saturday 12 November to coincide with local green waste collection.
Enrolments for December/January lessons are now open. It is important for every child to learn to swim and develop essential water safety skills. VacSwim's school holiday swimming lessons are conducted by qualified instructors who teach children the skills to be confident swimmers and safe in the water.
For further information and online enrolment visit: